failure

failure
fail|ure
W2S2 [ˈfeıljə US -ər] n
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1¦(lack of success)¦
2¦(unsuccessful person/thing)¦
3 failure to do something
4¦(business)¦
5¦(machine/body part)¦
6¦(crops)¦
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1.) ¦(LACK OF SUCCESS)¦ [U and C]
a lack of success in achieving or doing something
≠ ↑success
Winston is not someone who accepts failure easily.
failure to do sth
the conference's failure to reach an agreement
end/result in failure
Harry's plans ended in failure.
2.) ¦(UNSUCCESSFUL PERSON/THING)¦
someone or something that is not successful
≠ ↑success
I always felt a bit of a failure at school.
a total/complete failure
The advertising campaign was a total failure.
3.) failure to do sth
an act of not doing something which should be done or which people expect you to do
Failure to produce proof of identity could result in prosecution.
4.) ¦(BUSINESS)¦ [U and C]
a situation in which a business has to close because of a lack of money
Business failures in Scotland rose 10% last year.
5.) ¦(MACHINE/BODY PART)¦ [U and C]
an occasion when a machine or part of your body stops working properly
The cause of the crash was engine failure.
heart/kidney/liver etc failure
He died from kidney failure.
failure in
a failure in the computer system
6.) ¦(CROPS)¦ [U and C]
an occasion when crops do not grow or produce food, for example because of bad weather
a series of crop failures

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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